Tim Giago: Walk a mile in the moccasins of Native Americans

A statue of Massasoit at overlooking the site of Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Photo by Greg Kullberg / gregsdigital.com via Wikipedia

A word about Thanksgiving Day
By Tim Giago
Native Sun News
Editor Emeritus

There is a plaque on Cole Hill in Plymouth, Mass., that reads, “Since 1970, Native American have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.”

Pretty strong statement.

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(Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is the retired publisher of Native Sun News and Indian Country Today newspapers. He can be reached at unitysodak1@vastbb.net)

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